On our mission to deliver the best Chinese learning app, we’re thrilled to announce Ninchanese is out of beta!
Maybe you noticed a small change in Ninchanese? No more little “beta” next to the logo… That can only mean one thing: Ninchanese is now out of beta!
Wow, that makes us look back fondly on how “The Project: Ninchanese” started…
Got two minutes for a story?
Back in the day, we had a hard time finding good Chinese courses (offline and online) around us at a nice price. At that point, we asked ourselves, what if we made a great Chinese learning app? You know, a fun gamified app that would use the latest in science, language, and technology to teach us Chinese. Oh, and yes, cats were planned from the start.
First stage: Prototyping to Beta
We all remember perfectly the first time we started using our first prototype in our “basement”! 🙂 It was still a very small project centered on vocabulary learning then! Wow, how things have changed since then!
After the first prototype, everything went fast. We invited a select few to the Alpha. We launched a Kickstarter campaign and opened the Ninchanese Beta to everyone. What an exhilarating experience this all has been! We worked relentlessly. We met people from all horizons. We spoke and collaborated with Chinese teachers and natives. We consulted with experts on the Chinese language, challenged our notions and went into more depth with language acquisition researchers… Along the way, we all learned a lot more than we had initially expected about the beautiful language that is Mandarin. Its structure, its history, how it works and what we, as learners, need.
All led, step by step, to the Ninchanese you know now. We’ve come a long way!
Second stage: Community-based development
Regardless of when we were only 10 to use the app to now, where thousands and thousands of Chinese learners use the app every week, our commitment to you has stayed the same. From the start, you have been at the heart of every development stage leading Ninchanese to be the way it is now.
Thanks to an essential ingredient: love, from us but also from you. Ninchanese has become a really loving Chinese learning app. We are where we are now because you helped. Your love and support sealed the deal. You put your paw into shaping what Ninchanese looks now.
We feel tremendously empowered by you. Making an innovative, creative app and a startup at the same time is hard, sometimes, but it also brings so much happiness that you forget quickly about the tougher times. You drive us to continue making Ninchanese meowsome.
We’ve made friends with a few of you. It’s a great feeling that we’re glad to have. We appreciate each and every email or message we get from you, whether they’re comments on how things are (or could be improved) or love notes. 😆 Alright, love notes are the best. They’re what get us up in the morning, and they put a smile on our faces. They’re what makes Ninchanese Ninchanese.
Thanks for being such a supportive and awesome community!
The result: can we learn Chinese with Ninchanese?
We knew we had everything to prove when we started the app. And we are thankful to everyone that believed in us.
Over the past years, we have steadily added content and new features to Ninchanese to make sure you were making real progress in Mandarin and saw results in your learning.
Loyal users that have been there since the start. Students that have been gone on to become teachers themselves (true story!), and the tens of thousands that have improved their Chinese on Ninchanese are proofs of how effective Ninchanese’s method is to learn Chinese. Our trusty Ninchas have accomplished the mission they set out to do: create a rich environment in which you could enjoyably and effectively learn Chinese. With real results to boot.
On Ninchanese, you can learn:
- Everything you need to pass the HSK, from levels 1 to 5, with a tremendous story full of Chinese culture to follow along.
- The key grammar points that make up the structure of the Chinese language, with over 100 Chinese grammar lessons organized online and stages to practice
- Every day, basic content, seriously advanced professional learning material and everything in between
You also have access to lots of useful tools to help you with your Chinese learning.
- A complete Chinese dictionary – with character animation and decomposition, example sentences, sound and more…,
- A motivation Playbook, for when your desire to learn and confidence in reaching your speaking goals need a little pick me up
- a completely free Chinese phrasebook Android app to download and take on the go with you,
- Ninchallenges, to review words you know (and explore words you don’t!) in a fun setting with friends and other Chinese learners
- and so much more!
“I love the app, and I have been using it for a while.
It helps a lot, even living in China doing my thesis!”
– Yantas, Ninchanese User
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Extra Cheese: You asked, we did it!
New content gets added regularly to your Chinese learning platform, and if there’s stuff you want to learn on Ninchanese, we’ll do our best to deliver and add it! For instance, the Geek and Computer Worlds were added based on user requests.:)
In the last months alone, we added and finished the content for these worlds:
✔️ Chinese phrasebook: the Survival Crash Course in Chinese (How to have your first conversation in Chinese and survive daily life)
✔️ Chinese Character universe (a science-backed system for building a solid foundation of Chinese characters)
✔️Advanced Chinese, Hsk 5 – Levels 1 & 2 (a themed world to cover all HSK 5 content, from topics, grammar and vocab. It jumps from topic to topic as Lupishu experiences “adult” life and looks for a job, to cover all sorts of ground and also includes other very useful content)
You can also learn in Simplified Chinese and in Traditional Chinese because depending on your needs, you might need to know Mandarin more for Taiwan and Hong Kong, or for Mainland China. No need to pick! (Traditional Chinese is the sole thing remaining in beta)
Final stage: What’s next?
What does that mean? Is our friendly relationship stoping? Of course not! Why would we stop here?!
Going out of beta says that all the critical bugs we were having during the Beta on Ninchanese are solved. Ninchanese is now the quality Chinese learning app we wanted to achieve and is working puurfectly under its current scope of features. 💪
Plus, the bosses are here!
Ninchanese could not be finished without an ending for each world! We promised you a way to test if you knew well the vocabulary, the grammar points and how to make sentences and so on you learned in each world. We promised you bosses: they are finally here! You can now go do new ending stages in each world that will test you on what’ve you learned up to now.
Tell us what you think of this new part of the story! If you feel these test stages are hard, it’s time to redo stages and master them. What’s even cooler? If you can finish them, then you’ll gain Master Badges!
Master badges that prove you finished those courses and have the HSK level that matches each world. If you gain these badges, congrats! You can really be proud of yourself, so tell your friends and share these badges with them! 😎
Ninchanese has always been there to make Chinese learning accessible, not $75 an hour private courses few can afford (another true story!). So one thing remains the same: our subscription prices. Learning Chinese on Ninchanese costs $10 a month, that’s not even the cost of two drinks at Starbucks sometimes, and as little as $ 8 a month with our plans. With Ninchanese, your Chinese education is not expensive and it will never be. Coming out of beta means no increase in the cost of a premium membership on Ninchanese, and that’s always nice to hear, right?
You may also be happy to know the money you pay when you subscribe doesn’t go to waste. It’s the sole way Ninchanese functions and runs. We’re a small indie company and not a big VC-backed engine. A handful of humans and cats of course. 🙂 We truly appreciate every contribution you make. Support us by subscribing or by sharing Ninchanese as much as you can. Your support is what makes Ninchanese the app it is now and what it will be in the future.
Lastly, moving out of Beta is all about commitment! To you. It means we will stay around for as long as you want us to be. Discussing with you! Making Ninchanese always better! There are way too many things we still want to develop and make. Listening to you and improving the app is our top priority and always be.
On that note, my friends, see you in Ninchana! Long live Ninchanese.
Jean-Rémi, Sarah and Mat –